In New Zealand, we are fortunate to have a variety of native bush that is used to make beautiful honey in all sorts of different flavours.

One of which is Rata Honey.

“Our Rata has been sourced from the top of the South Island. It has a beautiful flower and is stunning when the season has a prolific flowering,” says Mountain Valley Honey co-owner, Nicky Elwood.

“We think it is another one of New Zealand’s beautiful treasures in our great bush areas.”

Rata is a light honey, that is sweet in taste and easy on the palette.

“We had a lot of feedback on Rata, and it’s been very popular when we’ve had it in the past. Hence why we’ve sourced more this season.”

Mountain Valley Honey don’t have any hives situated near Rata areas, but they listened to their customers and contacted a fellow beekeeping friend about sourcing his batch for the season.

“His company has the same beekeeping practices as us and produces a fantastic Rata Honey,” says Nicky.

“We have good reserves of this particular batch and we hope it lasts us well into 2019.”

When asked what Rata Honey is best used for, Nicky says it’s simple things that brings out its delicious flavour.

“I particularly like Rata Honey on warm buttery toast, it’s a real treat.”